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How’s that for an official title? Wednesday news stuff. (You can tell when I’ve run out of ideas). Here’s what’s going on:

  • I’m on my way to Chicago for my Lightroom Live Tour on Thursday, and I’m really excited. I love teaching this seminar, because I get so much feedback during the day, and after the seminar, about how it’s changed so many photographers’ workflow for the better. As a teacher, that’s incredibly gratifying, (and besides; teaching Lightroom is just plain fun).

    Also, I’m very fortune to have two experts on hand to help me field questions between sessions; as Lightroom Alpha Tester Jeff Schewe (from, who was instrumental in the development of some of Lightroom’s features (in particular, the new sharpening features of version 1.1), will be helping me out, as well as Adobe’s own Terry White, an expert on Lightroom (as you might imagine), and Photoshop, and everything Adobe. I’m really looking forward to it. Can’t wait! :-)

  • My buddy Jeff Revell sent me a link last night a site with just some absolutely amazing landscape photography, from a photographer Uwe Eischens. His stuff is incredible, and if you’re looking for some mid-week inspiration–look no further (click here to see for yourself).
  • If you’re going to Photoshop World next week, I’m delighted to announce that John Loiacono (Senior VP of Adobe’s Creative Solutions Business Unit), will be the featured speaker at the opening keynote. If you haven’t had a chance to see “Johnny L” in action—he’s an absolutely captivating presenter, and totally not a “suit” in any way. He connects with creatives in a way few execs can, but besides his skills as a speaker, Adobe’s keynote at Photoshop World is often used as a platform for showcasing unreleased technology or giving a sneak peek at cool things that are in the Adobe pipeline. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnny L. let some new technology get “peeked” during his presentation, so if you’re coming to Photoshop World, don’t miss his keynote presentation on Thursday morning.
  • The latest issue of “David Ziser’s Digital Photography Newsletter” is now online, and it just keeps getting better and better (plus his new “Digital ProTalk” blog is already one of my daily stops). You can check out the August issue (which includes a very slick Photoshop video tutorial) right here.
  • Photoshop wizard Ben Willmore sent me this link yesterday, and I don’t want to explain what it’s about (after all-Ben didn’t explain it to me), because if I do; you won’t watch it–but you must (watch it, that is). This video isn’t about Ben, but it will tell you a lot about Ben. ;-) Here’s the link. You will forward this video link to other people. Blame Ben.
  • There are a couple more important posts today, so if you’d be so kind, scroll down and catch the next two posts.

That’s it from here. Looking forward to meeting lots of great people in Chicago. Have a kick butt Wednesday! :-)


I’m so excited I could burst; my buddy and world class photographer Joe McNally (who’s shot for everybody from National Geographic to Sport Illustrated), will be joining me as part of my Lightroom Live Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii this year, on December 3rd at the Hawaii Convention Center.

As you might guess, I’ll be handing the live shoots I do during the day over to Joe, so the students will get to see a true master at work. I hope you’ll get to join me for this incredible opportunity to see a living legend live with me on my Hawaii Tour stop. You can sign up at


I’m honored to announce that educator Rhona Shand, Undergraduate Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art at Pittsburg State University, is the first recipient of the “Bruce Fraser Photoshop World Memorial Scholarship,” which was created to honor the memory of beloved Photoshop author and instructor Bruce Fraser, who passed away late last year.

Rhona was chosen by Adobe’s own Photoshop team to receive the scholarship, which includes her airfare, hotel, and full Photoshop World conference pass (courtesy of NAPP: the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) as a way of honoring Bruce’s lifetime legacy of learning.

My personal congratulations to Rhona, who’ll be attending the Las Vegas Photoshop World Conference next week, for being chosen as the first recipient of the Bruce Fraser scholarship—one dedicated to a man who has meant so much to so many throughout this industry.


Next week, during the opening keynote for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, our industry will honor two inductees into the Photoshop Hall of Fame: Color management guru, author, and instructor Andrew Rodney (AKA “The Digital Dog”), along with Adobe’s Senior Director for Product Management, Professional Digital Imaging Group; Kevin Connor, whose countless contributions to the growth, success, and development of Photoshop have helped guide the application to become the amazing phenomenon it is today.

The Photoshop Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 to honor those individuals whose contributions to the art, business, and development of Adobe Photoshop have enduring value.

It’s an honor to recognize Andrew and Kevin, and to add their names to the Photoshop World Hall of Fame trophy alongside some of our industry’s most valued, respected, and bevolved individuals. My sincere congratulations to both Andrew and Kevin on your amazing achievements.

For more information, and a list of past inductees, visit

Here’s some quick news:

  • I ran across this blog this past week, and I just really found the photography interesting. It’s called “The Landscapist” but it’s not your typical landscape photography site, and I particularly liked their vision statement, which is, “Photography that aims at being true, not at being beautiful, because what is true most often is beautiful.” There’s just something about their stuff I really like. Give it a look-see right here.
  • If you want to learn more about Kevin Connor, who as you read in the previous post is being inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame next week, he was interviewed last week on the Inside Digital Photo Radio podcast, and Kevin has some insightful comments on the future of digital imaging. You can listen to the interview online by clicking here.
  • Yesterday Jason posted a comment here on the blog, asking about my personal workflow. His question was:”â¦I am wondering whether you use both Lightroom and PS for workflow, or if you find yourself using one more than the other for basic workflow? I realize this may be putting you in something of a quandry as much of your support comes from “The Adobe Mothership” and you don’t want to alienate one product line over another equally deserving one, so feel free to email rather than post a response…”Jason; I’m happy to share my workflow (after all, that’s my job). I do the bulk of my work now in Lightroom, including processing my Raw images there, and I would say I probably spend 70% of my time there. I do nearly all my printing in Lightroom because personally I think it kicks Photoshop CS3’s butt when it comes to printing for photographers.The other 30% of the time I spend in Photoshop CS3 doing finishing work. Some photos never make their way to Photoshop CS3 at all, and my entire workflow for those is within Lightroom, but there are so many things that you need Photoshop for, that I jump back and forth as needed. So, in short, my digital photography workflow uses Lightroom and Photoshop CS3 together (I can’t imagine using either alone anymore–they work best as a team), and I know some people at Adobe will cringe, but I rarely use the CS3 Bridge at all.

    Once I started using Lightroom, I looked at the Bridge differently; I use it when I need to quickly find one or two images from a shoot (let’s say I went out shooting, and I need to find one image to quickly email to an editor—that’s when I’ll pop open the Bridge, or if I need to find an image on my drive and I don’t know which folder it’s in; then I’ll use the Bridge).

    I think the Bridge is still very useful for graphic and Web designers, and people using the entire Creative Suite, but for photographers, I think Lightroom just blows it away (and then some). There you have it–I hope that helps. :)

That’s it for this Tuesday. Tomorrow I’m on my way to Chicago for my one-day Lightroom Live Tour on Thursday. If you’re coming to the event and you’re a reader of my blog–make sure you stop me and say “hi.” Have a good one.


It’s a great Monday (ya know, for a Monday), and here’s what’s goin’ on:

  • Photoshop and Politics: check out this article from the UK’s Telegraph, about how the French President’s love handles were retouched away for a recent article (complete with before and after examples. Thanks to Carl for turning me on to this one). Check it out here.
  • Want some Photoshop inspiration to kick off your Monday right? Check out the amazing retouching, CGI, and photography of Rocket Studios. This is just some amazing work (check out their different portfolios—you will be amazed and inspired for sure). Here’s the link to Enjoy!
  • More than 500 photographers will be learning the “New Digital Photography Workflow,” using Lightroom and Photoshop CS3 with me this Thursday in Chicago at my Lightroom Live Tour. We’re almost sold out—if you want to go, you can snag one of the last remaining seats at
  • UPDATE: We’ve added another city to my Lightroom Live Tour, as we’re coming to Tampa, Florida on October 30th at the Tampa Convention Center. You can sign up right here (It’s $99 for the public; only $79 for NAPP members).
  • There’s an interesting article over at about how to win a photo contest. It’s got a lot of great insights, and worth the quick read. Click here to jump there. Thanks to my buddy Jeff Revell for turning me onto this one.
  • One of my readers pointed me to this blog review of my new “Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers.” Check it out here.
  • This is totally just for fun; it’s a short parody video about Microsoft’s answer to the iPhone, called the ZunePhone. Hilarious! Click here to watch it online.
  • Perhaps most importantly: I have an update on my Gitzo Traveler Tripod field report from Friday, so if you would, please scroll down to the next post for the full scoop.

That’s it for this Monday. Have a great start to your week everybody and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!!! :)